Life Chiropractic College West celebrates all women in chiropractic. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Margarita Ablaza, looked to the Life West Tribe to highlight women in chiropractic located on campus.
Michelle Massa, the Life West Health Center Compliance Officer, and advisor to the Life West champter of the League of Chiropractic Women was identified as a great role model to women in the chiropractic community. In this interview with Michelle, we dive into what’s going on in the world of chiropractic women.
To you, who is the most influential woman in chiropractic?
Leslie Hewitt. She’s the President of the CCA and Life West Alumni of the Year for 2017. She’s currently collaborating with both the chiropractic and medical communities in Sacramento. Leslie is trying to unite both of those communities so we can work together, hand in hand, and I think that’s extremely inspiring.
What are some cool things that the Life West chapter of the League of Chiropractic Women are up to these days?
We just completed a workshop that developed leadership skills for women – teaching them how they can better serve their communities.
Another great event coming up is #ChiroMom which is a panel of chiropractic women who are also moms. The event is a panel that allows women to openly talk about what success looks like in ‘that season’ of their lives. Even when your personal priorities change, your priority to serve through chiropractic never changes. I’ll be representing the single moms and it’s been great to really vouch for that side of women chiropractors.
How do you think women have moved the needle in chiropractic?
I think we are redefining what success looks like. We are defining it for ourselves – becoming entrepreneurs on our own terms and creating lifestyles that really work for us. We are building a community based on empowerment and support. We are not discussing topics within chiropractic that divide us – but looking at how we can support each other in various seasons of our lives, in practice.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women chiropractors today?
Women are being influenced by a picture of success that may not fit the season of life we are currently in. As priorities change in life, your priorities in life can change. Accepting that success can look differently in different seasons of life is a big part of it.
Who are your ideal female icons?
Mother Teresa. She led with her heart. She never set out to lead a big group of people – she just set out to help one person at a time.
What advice would you give female students as they embark on their chiropractic adventure?
“Don’t be intimidated by your size or your perceived physical limitations. Don’t feel like you need to prove yourself in the classroom by how smart you are. Build your community of other women and seek to transform the face of chiropractic by being authentic to who you are and how you’re to serve.”
Life West celebrates all women and look forward to seeing how our chapter of League of Chiropractic Women will help to move the needle in various areas of chiropractic. For all of our female students out there – we believe in you and your ability to serve in chiropractic through all the seasons of your life.